The Forgotten Children Of Blikkiesdorp

By Yerushka Chetty

On this bitter cold rainy morning of 18 June 2016 I attended the 2nd meeting called by the residents of Woodstock and Salt River in the Salt River Community Hall to “resist gentrification” which is commonly referred to as stopping evictions.  A group of activists from Western Cape, concerned about the plight of the residents in these areas, joined the campaign called “We Are Not Going Anywhere” as volunteers representing the Black First Land First Movement (BLF). As BLF we are against the modern day dispossession and forceful removal of black people from their land which is politely termed gentrification. Continue reading “The Forgotten Children Of Blikkiesdorp”

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WITHOUT LAND THERE IS NO FREEDOM! 

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On this 22nd anniversary of the installation of a “new democratic South Africa”, BLF re-issues it’s “Revolutionary Call” and invites all BLACK PEOPLE who want freedom to its launch conference on 14 May 2016, in Soweto.

“Black First! – Land First!  A revolutionary Call Continue reading “WITHOUT LAND THERE IS NO FREEDOM! “

BLF REMEMBERS COMRADE CHRIS HANI ON THIS 23rd ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

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“Socialism is not about big concepts and heavy theory. Socialism is about decent shelter for those who are homeless. It is about water for those who have no safe drinking water. It is about health care, it is about a life of dignity for the old. It is about overcoming the huge divide between urban and rural areas. It is about a decent education for all our people. Socialism is about rolling back the tyranny of the market. As long as the economy is dominated by an unelected, privileged few, the case for socialism will exist.” Chris Hani

Chris Hani, was a breathe of fresh air when it came to showing the liberation movement what direction it should take – a socialist direction. He called for a delinking from the capitalist system indicating that development for SA can only be realized under socialism.

With regard to the development of a culture of a socialist society he put forward the principle of a system responding to the people’s needs as a medium within which a new culture – one that will obliterate the domination of the economy by a privileged few, can be developed. He pointedly said, “our biggest enemy would be what we do in the field of socio-economic restructuring”. He urged that we “build a different culture in this country, different from Africa, different from the Nationalist Party” and insisted on that culture being in “service to people”.

This makes Chris Hani’s revolutionary legacy a guiding light in the current situation that the country finds itself – a situation in which imperialism’s grip on the country is tightening in service of a privileged few,  being the white settler minority. He was clear, we cannot have peace without fighting for social justice. There can be no question of what Chris Hani would be saying in the current context. Yes, he would boldly urge us to defeat imperialism! Hani understood very well that the interests of the imperialists are not in line with the interests and aspirations of blacks!  Hani’s indication of a revolutionary path to socialism envisages a society which gives the fullest play to people’s needs and to this end puts people first! 

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Cde Chris Hani who was murdered by the racist Januz Walus in service of consolidating white supremacy! BLF honors the revolutionary legacy of this brave leader! Furthermore BLF condemns the release of Januz Walus and calls for revolutionary justice in this regard.

The fighting, fearless and selfless spirit of Cde Hani will continue to guide us until we attain freedom.

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT

10 April 2016

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: zanelelwana@gmail.com

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
Mail: lgmaasdorp@hotmail.com

Stop Imperialism – Take Back The Land! 

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Stop Imperialism – Take Back The Land! is a call by Black First Land First (BLF). This call is for all progressive people, organisations, civil society groups, churches, families, the revolutionary students, workers, youth, women, men. Its a call to stand up and advance our course of freedom. South Africa is now facing a recolonization under the white power driven by the richest man who got his wealth through the help and violence of the apartheid state – Johann Rupert. Its time we took our country back to ensure black liberation. This call is urgent! All peoples and organisations interested please respond via Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Issued By Black First Land First National Coordinating Committee

10 April 2016

CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST JOHANN RUPERT, MARIA RAMOS, COLIN COLEMAN, STEPHEN KOSEFF, MARK LAMBERTI, IAN KIRK, BOBBY GODSELL, JOHAN VAN ZYL AND JOHAN BURGER – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!

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The Black First Land First Movement (BLF) last Friday laid criminal charges at the Hillbrow Police Station, Johannesburg, against the above people who are part of and represent the interests of white capital,  for contravening Section 4 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004 (Act No. 12 of 2004). The case number is: 39/4/2016.

The South African Police Services (SAPS) were urged to investigate this matter, to prosecute the above named persons to the full extent of the Law and to do all that may be necessary to ensure that true justice is obtained. BLF is pleased to announce that an investigation officer has since been assigned to the case. Its good to know that the SAPS  are moving promptly against Johann Rupert and the other 8 bankers. The first  investigative meeting is scheduled for today, 6 April 2016.  Let the real criminals go to jail. Our fight is with white supremacy not black people! White capital has been contravening the law at will. BLF is going to work hard to stop this.

The following extract from BLF’s press statement titled “Political Questions Facing The Country” delivered in Yeoville on 2 April 2016, serves to elaborate the criminal actions of Johann Rupert and 8 others that briefly constitute that subject matter of the charges against them:
“A big crime happened in our country at the height of the controversy around the firing of Nene as Minister of Finance. Two clear incitements of criminality were committed recently, for which the case was opened.

Firstly,  Johanne Rupert (also known as the Stellebosch Mafia king) who is also the chairman of the Swiss Luxury group Richemont is alleged to have broken Section 4 of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Activities Act, 2004.  He broke the law and acted in a corrupt fashion when summoned and went into a meeting of the ANC leaders, specifically Cyril Ramaphosa and Trevor Manuel, and instructed them to ensure the firing of Van Rooyen as minister of finance. We know Rupert has interests in the economy, so he wanted a minister who would take care of his interests. The charge is corruption!

We know that Johann Rupert is denying meeting these two gentlemen, Ramaphosa has in turn not denied the meeting but only that there was no discussion of hiring and firing of ministers. We say we know thieves and criminals never admit to their crimes. Let the police do their work and the courts deal with the criminals.

The second crime happened on the night of the 13 December 2015.  The following bankers, some of them of multinational corporations, broke Section 4 of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Activities Act, 2004 .

1.  Barclays Africa Group Chief Executive Officer, Maria Ramos;

2. Goldman Sachs’ South Africa head Colin Coleman;

3.  Investec Bank’s global CEO, Stephen Koseff;

4. Imperial Holdings’ CEO, Mark Lamberti;

5. Sanlam CEO Ian Kirk;

6. Business Leadership South Africa chairperson Bobby Godsell;

7. Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl and

8. First Rand CEO Johan Burger

We are going to follow this matter and see it to the end.

Furthermore, BLF has written to the President to call for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the whole saga around the Minster of Finance.

Also BLF has written and engaged some of the parties in parliament to make sure that a complaint on this saga is laid with the Public Protector. We want the focus to be placed also on the white bankers and business who literally fired Van Rooyen and hired Gordhan.

We  note the hypocrisy of saying nothing when whites do it but make big noise when it is said the Guptas are involved.”

Join BLF – help bring the white monopoly capitalist criminals like Johann Rupert et al to justice!

Join BLF – learn and execute the black first land first approach to achieving real justice!

Join BLF – it’s the right time!

6 April 2016

Issued By Black First Land First National Coordinating Committee

Contact Details To Join BLF:

Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Yerushka Chetty
National Coordinator
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Lwazi Ntombela
Deputy National Coordinator
Cell: +27 82 588 0835
lwazi.ntombela@outlook.com

WHITE MONOPOLY CAPITAL LED BY JOHANN RUPERT IS CALLING FOR REGIME CHANGE – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!

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The counter revolutionary forces of white monopoly capital led by Johann Rupert and supported by opposition parties and the white media have called for a regime change. In this time, the heightened desperation and revolutionary anger of blacks are being channeled for neo liberal ends via organized white power.  Now more than ever , the forces of revolution need  to organize every segment of black life to resist and deal with this anti black offensive. The following extract from BLF’s press statement titled “Political Questions Facing The Country” delivered in Yeoville on 2 April 2016, is instructive:

“The call by Johann Rupert for a coup follows the failed attempt by his agents within the ANC, NEC to remove Zuma as expected by their handlers. Johann Rupert lost it and showed his hand.  Now Malema has also endorsed the programme of  regime change by Rupert and Co.

Johan Rupert and imperialism wants to remove Zuma before the people remove him through a revolutionary process that would ensure the end of white supremacy.

The call for Zuma to go is a calculation to make a pre-emptive strike to ensure a new stooge is put in power to ensure white interests are perpetuated. The favourite candidate right now is Cyril Ramaphosa who has already demonstrated that he can serve the interests of white capital even violently. Ramaphosa is not shy to kill for white capital – the Marikana massacre bears testimony to this.

The call for Zuma to go is because he no longer listens to white capital,  he is looking “East for A family feast”- Russia, India and China. The close relationship with the Guptas is seen by white as a sign of how things are going to be if he is not quickly removed.

If Zuma is not removed he may introduce a bad culture of not taking the calls from London. The Guptas have upset white capital by entering into the mining sector aggressively. We saw how they  bought Swiss owned Optimum coal. This deal is badly reported on and Brian Molefe is not given the credit he deserves as a patriot trying to safeguard national assets within a system that doesn’t permit this. No one knows that Optimum as owned by the Swiss actually tried to bully Eskom to break a deal it already has to try and pocket more money under threats of precipitating  “loadsheding”.

The Guptas Must Go campaign is a campaign of white capital in its new attempt to reclaim their hold on the South African economy.

We wish to warn our people to be careful and not follow the agendas of white people under the pretext of fighting corruption.

We call on our people to reject the counter revolutionary call by the Rupert and Malema alliance. It is not about fighting corruption, it is about fighting for Rupert and white capital.

It’s a diversion from the fact that we want our land back!

We want Rupert and other land thieves to know that we are coming to take back the land. As we speak BLF members are organising around Stellenbosch.”

In this context BLF calls on blacks to join, build and support this beautiful revolutionary movement so as to end capitalist imperialism, white supremacy and all the other ills that manifest as the black condition and to install a black socialist system of governance.

#RupertMustFall
#WhiteCapitalMustFall
#AzaniaShallPrevail

5 April 2016

Issued By Black First Land First National Coordinating Committee

Contact Details To Join BLF:

Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Yerushka Chetty
National Coordinator
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Lwazi Ntombela
Deputy National Coordinator
Cell: +27 82 588 0835
lwazi.ntombela@outlook.com

BLF FORGIVES PRESIDENT ZUMA WITH CONDITIONS – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME! 

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BLF yesterday accepted President Zuma’s apology on “Nkandla” and called on him to do the right thing. It gave clear political direction. Here’s an extract from BLF’s press statement titled “Political Questions Facing The Country” delivered in Yeoville on 2 April 2016: 

“President Zuma has last night took full responsibility for his actions or lack of actions on the Nkandla matter. We welcome this humble move by President Zuma. He has asked to be forgiven. We forgive him and say for us the Nkandla thing should never have detained the nation so long – its a side issue and detracts from the important work of national reconstruction.

Now we want to also ask that President Zuma take his responsibility as leader of the nation seriously. We say to Msholozi stop worrying yourself about what whites think about you. What we want from you is the following:

1. Land return to black people without paying a cent. Stop talking about it, do it!

2. Ask for forgiveness for Marikana, give the victims and their children reparations NOW!

3. Nationalise and socialise the mines and other strategic sectors of the economy!

4. Strenghthen the links with BRICS and make sure its anti imperialist!

5. Declare Free Education for real, don’t listen to Blade Nzimande, he is not interested in helping black students.

6. End the horrible slavery called outsourcing.

7. Free All APLA Soldiers Now! 

We have many more demands, we are not going to wait for you to meet these demands. But if you do decide to meet them, your legacy would not be Nkandla.” 

The crisis of leadership and vision can be solved. We need to develop and implement a national agenda capable of rescuing us from the  real and present danger in which white capital is engineering a regime change so as to ensure nothing changes.

In this context BLF calls on blacks to join, build and support this beautiful revolutionary movement to end white supremacy and install a fully responsive system to black needs. 

Contact Details To Join BLF: 

Black First Land First Mail: blackfirstlandfirst@gmail.com

Yerushka Chetty
National Coordinator
Cell: +27 72 649 7555
admin@blf.org.za

Lwazi Ntombela
Deputy National Coordinator
Cell: +27 82 588 0835
lwazi964@gmail.com